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Meatless Monday: Farm to Table, From the Ground Up

Ellen Kanner | Posted 08.29.2016 | Green
Ellen Kanner

Beyond Meat's bleeding beetburger could not exist without beets.  Were it not for the butternut squash, Purple Carrot's butternut squash tacos would...

A Waste-Free Thanksgiving

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 11.20.2016 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

This week, Food Tank is grateful for the farmers, researchers, and activists who are working tirelessly to improve the food system every day. Accordi...

21 Organizations Fighting for Labor Rights in the Food System

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 11.18.2016 | Impact
Danielle Nierenberg

From farmworkers to restaurant servers, the food system employs millions of laborers around the world to pick, package, transport, deliver, and cook our food every day. Of the 3 billion workers in the world's labor force, about 40 percent are employed in agriculture alone, according to the International Labor Organization of the United Nations (ILO).

Food Tank and the James Beard Foundation Present the Second Annual Good Food Org Guide

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 10.19.2015 | Impact
Danielle Nierenberg

by Danielle Nierenberg and Sarah Small The James Beard Foundation and Food Tank, along with a prestigious advisory group of more than 70 food system ...

19 Organic Food Organizations and Businesses Working to Protect Consumers and the Global Environment

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 09.17.2016 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

The Organic Trade Association (OTA), a membership-based organization of organic food companies, is working to bust myths about organic food. "Despite ...

16 Campaigns that Reveal the REAL Cost of Food

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 08.20.2016 | Impact
Danielle Nierenberg

There is no such thing as cheap food. Environmental and health costs are not reflected in market prices for food, but rather, absorbed by people who suffer from diet-related diseases and citizens who pay for environmental cleanup.

The Land Battle: 15 Organizations Defending Land Rights

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 07.29.2016 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

The increasing trend of international land grabbing--when governments and private firms invest in or purchase large tracts of land in other countries ...

Harvesting the Research: Valuing Ecosystem Services to Offset Global Costs of Agriculture

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 06.08.2016 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

Food Tank spoke with Dr. Harpinder Sandhu, lead author of a paper on the value of ecosystem services published in PeerJ, an online scientific and medical journal.

The Farmers and Food System Leaders of Tomorrow

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 06.04.2016 | Impact
Danielle Nierenberg

Young people are the farmers and food system leaders of tomorrow. According to the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), young people are increasingly abandoning agriculture and rural areas in search of better prospects, which makes creating opportunities for young people to contribute to their agricultural communities an urgent need.

Earth: Cruise Ship or Life Boat?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.04.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

With more than seven billion of us established here, with California drying up, with climate changing and traditional crops failing, with extinctions accelerating and with environmental stresses globally near the breaking point, earth is no longer an unsinkable, titanic cruise ship.

Love the Hands that Feed You. 6 Tips for a More Sustainable Valentine's Day.

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 04.15.2015 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

This Valentine's Day, before planning your romantic dinner or buying roses and chocolate, think about how your choices will affect the hands that feed you.

Three Food Resolutions We Can All Make

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 02.21.2015 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

The global community needs to make three important New Years resolutions as part of the Milan Charter in 2015 in order to create a food system that makes hunger, obesity, food waste, and injustice part of the past.

Don't Forget Family Farmers in the Battle Against Climate Change at COP 20

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 02.09.2015 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

Farmers, in addition to producing calories, also preserve biodiversity around the world. Delegates need to recognize that farmers are not just food producers -- but entrepreneurs, teachers and stewards of the land who are on the front lines in the battle against climate change.

Supporting Family Farmers in 2014 and Beyond

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 12.26.2014 | Impact
Danielle Nierenberg

Throughout 2014, Food Tank has been honored to collaborate with numerous organizations around the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF).

10 Easy Ways You Can Build a Better Food System

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 11.09.2014 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

Are you ready to make daily decisions that help support a more sustainable food system, but done with the really easy stuff?

Is Organic Food Better for You?

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 11.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Danielle Nierenberg

A new study by Newcastle University on organic versus conventional crops confirms that organic farming methods do have a positive impact on health. Results found substantially higher levels of antioxidants and lower levels of pesticides in organic crops versus conventional crops.

How Vegetables Can Save the World

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 10.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Danielle Nierenberg

Clearly, vegetables are essential to the survival of individuals and communities, especially in the face of climate change. We need to invest more in vegetables to create a food system that nourishes both people and the planet!

These 10 Young People Are Changing The Food System In Huge Ways

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 09.24.2014 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

Innovations in agriculture don't just come from veteran environmentalists or food industry heavyweights.

Making Agriculture Cool

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 09.09.2014 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

Agriculture has an image problem. Simply put, for the majority of the world's youth, agriculture simply isn't seen as being "cool" or attractive. Most think of it only as back-breaking labor, without an economic pay off -- and little room for career advancement.

Digging for Solutions in the Ground Beneath Our Feet

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 08.24.2014 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

One of the most overlooked ingredients in farming exists right beneath farmers' feet -- healthy, fertile soils.

101 Hopeful Food Facts

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 08.15.2014 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) proclaimed 2014 the International Year of Family Farming. There are 500 million smallholder farms worldwide and more than two billion people in the world depend on them for their livelihoods.

Six Innovative Initiatives That Are Working to Strengthen Women's Empowerment in Agriculture

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 06.13.2014 | Impact
Danielle Nierenberg

Food Tank is also excited to announce a new collaboration with the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR). GFAR brings together all those working to strengthen and transform agricultural research for development around the world.

World Water Day: Getting More Crop Per Drop

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 05.20.2014 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

Modern irrigation practices can help improve crop productivity and yields. Unfortunately, irrigation is also the source of excessive water depletion from aquifers, erosion and soil degradation.

Family Farmers + You

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 04.30.2014 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

Family farmers are more than food producers. They are stewards of biodiversity, climate change fighters, and entrepreneurs, boosting local economies. To help them do their multiple jobs better, we need to invest more in family farmers, small and large.

Food Tank's Spring Reading List

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 04.29.2014 | Home
Danielle Nierenberg

They educate us on how to make changes on a personal level, through eating more wild foods, and on an institutional level, through developing knowledge and awareness of agricultural sustainability.